Katherine Elkins is Director of the Integrated Program in Humane Studies and Co-Director of the KDH Collaboratory at Kenyon College. She writes and teaches about consciousness, aesthetic experience, language, and storytelling.

Over the past ten years she and her collaborator, Jon Chun, have developed news ways of bringing computation and Big Data to the humanities and social sciences. Courses focus on natural language processing and natural language generation, as well as the ethical challenges of AI, which holds increasing power over our daily lives.

Her books include Proust’s In Search of Lost Time: Philosophical Approaches (Oxford UP 2022) and The Shapes of Stories: Sentiment Analysis for Narrative (Cambridge UP 2022). The former brings together philosophers and literary critics to explore the philosophical implications of Proust’s massive work. The latter leverages the latest AI to explore the unique shape of a story.


B.A. Yale

Ph.D. UC Berkeley

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    Modernist Studies Association

    International Society for the Study of Narrative

    American Comparative Literature Association

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